Niantic’s new 5G AR game demo looks like a taste of Pokemon Go for the future



What’s this? A household having fun with a day in a park — however they’re blasting pictures at creatures round them. It appears like Pokemon Go, however extra energetic. Niantic’s new AR 5G gaming demo app additionally looks like a style of what may very well be coming with AR glasses, too. 

Codename: City Legends is a multiplayer recreation that, as you’ll be able to see under, may very well be performed in teams in a single place on the identical time. “Constructed on our platform that additionally powers Niantic signature titles together with Ingress, Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Codename: City Legends leverages 5G’s ultralow latency and excessive bandwidth capabilities to ship a deeply immersive, extremely social AR expertise. By teaming up, gamers forged magic spells to blast monsters and rescue legendary allies, together with Doty, the unique Niantic Explorer,” Niantic says in regards to the demo in its press launch.

The multiplayer half is what’s significantly new right here. The true-time motion is harking back to what Niantic appeared to be aiming for in a partnership with Microsoft final month, utilizing the Hololens 2 to check what multiplayer Pokemon Go gaming on AR headsets would really feel like.

Deutsche Telekom, Globe Telecom, and Verizon are already testing the demo on their 5G networks, in line with Niantic. Niantic’s provider companions for its “Planet-Scale AR Alliance,” which is a gaggle testing how international AR may work throughout carriers, embrace Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe Telecom, Orange, SK Telecom, SoftBank Corp., Telus, Verizon and Telstra.

Niantic is an intriguing firm to look at as a result of it is already turn into a killer app of AR with Pokemon Go. Niantic is growing extra Nintendo video games in AR, beginning with Pikmin. The corporate’s additionally been collaborating with Qualcomm on a pair of next-gen AR good glasses that CEO John Hanke teased yesterday.

These glasses aren’t right here but, however they may very effectively find yourself utilizing telephones to hook up with 5G. This Niantic demo app introduced in the present day appears to be like like a stepping-stone to testing 5G networks’ readiness to push AR ahead. That being mentioned, for many individuals, 5G community speeds generally aren’t significantly better than LTE.